Microsoft recruiting users to perform Xbox Live network tests, offers Avatar rewards

avatar-bodyMicrosoft must have a bee in their bonnet about their Xbox Live network quality, as they are rolling out  an Xbox Live testing program called Xbox Live Labs.

The optional app, which can be found in the Community Channel is solely for the purpose of testing and improving the service. Microsoft is rewarding this altruism with three Avatar items and three zero point achievements that one can earn for each completed test, including a lab coat, brain helmet, and crazy mad scientist hair.

The tests run from March 10-27 and is open to all Xbox LIVE members living in the United States.

Of note is that the tests run for several hours, and while running Xbox LIVE activities, such as gaming, watching movies or downloading music will not be available, and it may slow down one’s internet connection.

Read more at Major Nelson’s blog here.

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